Rara Lake motorbike expedition is an incredible venture that lets you have fun threefold. This amazing trip will involve biking, seeing natural scenery and animals, and hiking through the mountains. The tour will take you inside Rara National Park and to its centrepiece – the placid Rara Lake. Animals like Himalayan black bears, snow leopards, red pandas, musk deer, langurs, macaques and several species of birds inhabit the region. The elevation of the protected territory ranges from around 9200 feet to 13250 feet, and the vegetation is also akin to it. Here you will see dense groves of towering blue pines, Himalayan cypresses, Pindrow firs and Morinda spruce. The excursion begins from Lucknow – the city of Nawabs – and its first stage involves crossing the India-Nepal border.
Drive in the north to the town of Nepalgunj, which lies across the border in Nepal. Get your documents checked and verified, and receive the official go-ahead to continue this motorbike tour to Rara Lake further. From Nepalgunj, enter the enchanting realm of the Himalayas and see the scenery change from vast planes to rugged hills. Enjoy riding on meandering, winding, ascending and descending mountain roads on the way to Kalikot. The journey suddenly becomes mesmerising beyond Surkhet as the clouds often come to the surface of the roads. Enjoy a relaxing overnight stay at the hotel, located in Kalikot atop a hill.
In the ensuing section of this Rara Lake bike tour gain more altitude, riding through the Himalayas towards the village of Guthijiula. If you ever wanted to know about the culture and the way of life of the locals, then this is your chance. Learn all about their customs while you stay overnight in their homes in the village! The next morning will be the most eventful yet as it will involve biking as well as trekking. Drive to Talcha Airport, park the motorbikes here and complete the rest of the venture on foot. Embark on an approximately 1.5-hour uphill hike through tranquil coniferous forests to enter the national park and arrive at the shore of the lake.
Admire the surroundings and take lots of photographs as a means to remember this wonderful experience forever. Post an overnight stay at a lakeside hotel, begin the downhill part of the journey. Resume the Rara Lake bike trip and head back to Kalikot for a night stay. Leave the mountains behind and enter the Terai region en route Nepalgunj. End the expedition by entering India again and travelling to the city of Lucknow.
Day 01: Arrival in Lucknow
On arrival in Lucknow – the state capital of Uttar Pradesh – transfer to the hotel and enjoy an overnight stay.
Day 02: Lucknow to Nepalgunj (197 km)
Start the Rara Lake motorbike expedition by riding north towards the India-Nepal international border. On reaching the town of Nepalgunj on the other side of the border, complete the immigration formalities and then transfer to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 03: Nepalgunj to Kalikot (260 km)
Continue the motorbike tour to Rara Lake by leaving Nepalgunj and travelling towards Kalikot. After about 30 km from Nepalgunj, the road enters the Shivalik foothills of the Himalayas, and starts climbing and winding. At several instances beyond Surkhet, the clouds may be on the surface, making the ride extremely amazing.
After the highway descends to a valley, it will follow the Karnali River till Kalikot. All along the way, lush forests, deep gorges, distant valleys and high mountains will astonish you. Reach the hotel in Kalikot, which is located at a good height and enjoy a relaxing overnight stay.
Day 04: Kalikot to Guthijiula (90 km)
Upon restarting this Rara Lake motorbike tour from Kalikot, ascend and descend a series of mountains. Flat terraces have been carved on the mountain slopes along the way so that agriculture is not hampered in the area. On reaching the small village of Guthijiula, enjoy a night stay at the homes of the locals.
Day 05: Guthijiula to Talcha Airport (60 km) | Trek to Rara Lake
Commence the most scenic part of the Rara Lake bike trip, and ride through coniferous forests of Morinda spruce, Pindrow firs and deodars. You may get to see horses grazing wide open meadows. On reaching Talcha Airport, park the bikes and set out towards the lake on foot.
Walk uphill through pristine forests to reach the destination, which lies within Rara National Park. Admire the immense natural beauty to the fullest, click photographs and keep spotting looking animal in the area. Post this experience, transfer to the hotel, located on the shores of the water body for an overnight stay.
Day 06: Leisure Day
This rest from the Rara Lake motorbike expedition has been provided to allow you to gather some energy for the journey ahead. Utilise this day by strolling in the area, looking for various animal species. If possible, then you can go on a short trek to a nearby village. After the sightseeing, come back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Day 07: Rara Lake to Kalikot (150 km)
Begin the downhill phase of the motorbike tour to Rara Lake and travel to Kalikot. On reaching the place, transfer to your lodging to rest at night.
Day 08: Kalikot to Nepalgunj (260 km)
This section of the Rara Lake bike tour involves riding further downhill towards the border town of Nepalgunj for an overnight stay.
Day 09: Nepalgunj to Lucknow (189 km)
Start the final part of this Rara Lake bike trip, and head back across the border to the city of Lucknow.
Duration: 08 Nights/ 09 Days
Region: Rara Lake, Nepal
Total Distance:1206 KM
Season: October to May
Please note the bikers should come with some spare parts of their own. If any major break down happens, then we will arrange the spare parts in Nepal, the cost of the same could be higher.
October 27, 2015
1. 1 Local mechanic
2. 1 Local guide
3. 1 Support vehicle from Lucknow to Nepal border and Return
4. 1 Nepali support vehicle during our ride in Nepal
5. Price based on minimum 6 people travelling together
6. Nepal vehicle entries permit
7. National park entry permits
8. 9 nights' accommodation in standard hotels/homestays/guest houses
9. 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
1. Cost of reaching destination
2. Cost of bike rental and security deposits if any
3. Cost of fuel
4. Cost of repairs and spare parts.
5. Cost of alcohol, mineral waters, snacks, room services, tele phone bills
6. Cost of Pillion rider has to be paid
7. GST @ 5.0%